I’m making a conscious effort to revise my diet constantly. I’ve definitely moved to a simplified and less processed food diet over the past few years but I will still have chips or other processed foods every once in a while. I’ve always wondered why I can somehow eat cheese but if I drink a glass of whole milk I will get sharp pains in my stomach within 15-20 minutes that can last for hours.
That, according to this article, is because of various levels of lactose in cheese and other processed dairy products. I’m not sure what in the processing causes the reduction in lactose but it is clearly a much smaller amount that is not as noticeable.
Lactose intolerance is different than an allergy. Some people experience hives, itches and rashes that are different than the sharp stomach pains caused by intolerance.
I’d like to learn more about the processing of foods to see if there are some cheeses that might actually contain zero lactose or other ingredients that are inflammatory. As someone who might suffer from IBD, I’m trying to figure out why my stomach, for as long as I can remember, has always been very sensitive and unpredictable.
Caffeine, for example, can speed up the process of digestion and may help or hurt the intolerance. If the food is rushed through the digestive system, I assume less would get absorbed but at the same time you have to think that needed nutrients are not getting absorbed either.
More research in the works.